Seth Lugo (4-2, 2.40 ERA) and Ervin Santana (7-10, 3.53 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the New York Mets (78-69) and the Minnesota Twins (55-93) at Citi Field. The Mets won the last game 3-0, and New York leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 7:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 17 and can be seen on WPIX and FSN.
Lugo pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out five and walking one in a 10-3 win over the Braves. Neil Walker (.282, 57 Rs, 23 HRs, 55 RBIs, 3 SBs) had another good game yesterday, going 2 for 3 with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. Santana went 5.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 4-2 defeat to the Tigers in his most recent start. Brian Dozier (.282, 99 Rs, 41 HRs, 98 RBIs, 15 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
New York won its last game in a shutout, its 12th of the season. Minnesota has been shut out eight times this season.
The Mets managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Twins who are coming in with a 27-25 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Twins are 9-76. The Mets have a 20-54 record when opponents outhit them.
Minnesota ranks in the top half of the league at 13th when it comes to home runs, hitting 183 this season. New York ranks in the top 10 with 199.
Ranking 16th, New York is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 456 this season. Minnesota ranks in the top half at 12th with 465.
The Mets are 68-37 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Twins are 45-53 when they hit at least one homer.